Coherent connection with your audience

All action in theatre must have inner justification, be logical, coherent, and real.

Konstantin Stanislavski

Trust me to start with a theatre-related quote — but it is apt.

I experienced this ‘coherent’ feeling as I developed as an actor — only when I found it did I truly enjoy being in ‘flow’ — another state to aim for in your public speaking adventures. I understand the part that coherence plays in the process of engaging an audience. To engage must be the goal for any speaker .

Have you ever been presenting or giving a talk and felt like that famous Picasso face painting — adrift from yourself and the audience. Like an alien in your own body?

You won’t be alone!

So how will coherence help make sense of that abstract feeling?

Coherence when it comes to public speaking

It comes in a pack of 3:

  1. Coherent you

Quite simply — are you being you? How big is your ‘identity gap’ (a description used by Dr Joe Dispenza in ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself) — how big is the gap between how you appear and who you are. Does your body language and voice belong to you — and connect with them?

2. Coherent content

Does your message make sense — does it have a structure, does it take your audience on a journey with a destination — a destination that opens up more possibilities ideally.

3. Coherent connection

Vital! Have you considered the link between you, what you are saying and your audience — does it fit together well?

Why you need coherence

We can do this as a 3 too (by the way — it is not by accident — 3’s work well in public speaking!)

  1. When you feel coherent — that vibe transmits to your audience — they trust, relax and engage. Dare I mention the word — authenticity? Yes! Your audience perceive just that!
  2. When you make connections in your content — you guide your audience as they take the journey. No disturbing dead ends and pot holes!
  3. In the process of creation and delivery — considering all the parts that make up the whole is vital for real impact: You, the environment, your audience, the world.

How to get coherence

I started so I’ll finish with another set of 3.

  1. Find your ‘buzz points’ — the topics that really enthuse you — including ideas you have a different perspective on.
  2. Prepare a story bank — and find the connections with your business, message and ideas — look for themes and metaphors.
  3. Research your audience — keep track of comments on posts, articles, news and conversations.

Have you read Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’? It’s good!

Just a quote that includes the word we have been unpacking — and provides food for thought… possibly my next article will look at the ‘knowing too much’ barrier.

It is the consistency of the information that matters for a good story, not its completeness. Indeed, you will often find that knowing little makes it easier to fit everything you know into a coherent pattern.

Daniel Kahneman

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Writing about all the stuff that has an impact on our impact. Communication skills and mindset. Author of The Mystery of The Squashed Self. www.trishalewis.com

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Writing about all the stuff that has an impact on our impact. Communication skills and mindset. Author of The Mystery of The Squashed Self. www.trishalewis.com

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